Cancer, journalism and skewed patient expectations

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Once again, it appears that a reporter has found the cure for cancer. And that cure is the out-of-context anecdote. Gary Schwitzer spotted the latest offense, a CBS story on a pancreatic cancer vaccine, and Jessie Gruman of Prepared Patient Forum connected the dots to explain how such reporting contributes to the skewed patient view of cancer treatment success rates.

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